The Frederick Steeplechasers Spires Youth Running Program has been selected from over 300 applicants to receive a 2017 Kids Run the Nation grant.  The Road Runners Club of America Kids Run the Nation small grant program is geared towards helping to build new or existing, gender-inclusive, youth running clubs, focusing on participation and promoting a lifetime of fitness through running.

The Spires head coach, Trevor James, looks forward to using the grant to help grow the Spires program.  “This grant will help us with marketing and advertising our program to the local Frederick community, and help pay for track usage fees for our upcoming 2018 track season.  We will also use the funds for incentives and participation awards for our youth runners.  It’s an honor to be selected!”

The Frederick Steeplechasers Spires Youth Running Program currently has 30 youth members, girls and boys ages 7-14, and a volunteer coaching staff of five.  The program offers cross country in the fall, and track and field in the spring.  Twice-a-week practices focus on teaching developmentally-appropriate warm-ups, runs, conditioning, drills, and stretches.  During the fall cross country season, runners participate in 1000m to 5000m races, depending on age and experience.  The spring track season focuses on shorter distance track races including the 200m, 400m, 800m, 1500m, and 3000m.  The Spires are governed by the Frederick Steeplechasers Running Club.

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